The Sipster’s Pocket Guide to 50 Must-Try BC Wines: Volume 2

By (author): Luke Whittall
ISBN 9781771513944
Softcover | Publication Date: April 18, 2023
Book Dimensions: 4.25 in. x 7 in.
152 Pages

About the Book

The eagerly awaited second installment in the offbeat BC wine guide the Vancouver Sun calls “the perfect go-to.”

Following on the popularity of Volume 1, the second installment of The Sipster’s Pocket Guide brings the same offbeat, lateral thinking and experiential focus to a whole new batch of BC wines. Wine expert and educator Luke Whittall shares his love of and sense of humour about the industry as he presents his top 50 wines under $50 (including many under $30).

With food and activity pairings that range from romantic to radical (berry-laced desserts and long-distance relationships, poached salmon and puns, hot dogs and off-grid living), and an index of attitudes that let you choose a wine based on your mood (be it drill sergeant or rancher, pastoral or paisley), the Sipster’s guides are anything but stuffy.

Divided into chapters on sparkling, white, rosé, red, and dessert wines, the book finishes up with a beginner’s guide to grape varieties in BC and a primer on the grand cru designation and how it pertains to our province. Sipster’s Volume 2 is the perfect companion for that on-the-fly wine purchase and for those who want to dig a little deeper.

Learn about classics like Pinot Grigio, how Chardonnay in BC almost went the way of Merlot post-Sideways, and how to not only find but also pronounce a great Siegerrebe.

About the Author(s)

Luke Whittall has worked in cellars, vineyards, and wine shops since 2005 and is currently a wine instructor at Okanagan College. He is the author of Valleys of Wine: A Taste of British Columbia’s Wine History (2019), co-author of The Okanagan Wine Tour Guide with John Schreiner (2020), is currently working on subsequent volumes of his Sipster’s Pocket Guide series. He splits his time between Okanagan Falls, BC and Toronto, ON.


“Luke Whittall’s great sense of humour shines through his fantastic wine descriptions. He has literally expanded our tasting note lingo while at the same time giving us permission to loosen up and have more fun with the whole wine experience.” —Jennifer Schell, author of The BC Wine Lover’s Cookbook

“Luke Whittall avoids the stuffiness and pretension all too common in wine writing and instead approaches the topic with humour and joy.” —MONTECRISTO Magazine

“A fun and informative guide, useful for people just starting to explore BC wines as well as long time winos like myself.” —Brian Glaum, past president of the BC Wine Appreciation Society